Yevgeniy Fiks, ‘Lenin for Your Library?’, 2005, Winkleman Gallery
Yevgeniy Fiks, ‘Lenin for Your Library?’, 2005, Winkleman Gallery
Yevgeniy Fiks, ‘Lenin for Your Library?’, 2005, Winkleman Gallery

This project has been published as a book.

100 copies of "Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism" by V.I. Lenin were sent out to the addresses of World's major corporations, including Gap, Coca-Cola, General Electric, and IBM among many others. In an enclosed letter, it was stated that the book was a donation to the corporate library. Out of 100 copies, 14 were accepted and "thank you" letters were received. 20 copies were returned together with letters stating various reasons for rejection, including a particular focus of the library or their policy not to accept any gifts or donations from private individuals. The fate of the remaining 66 copies remains unknown.

Also available in softcover book 5.5" x 8", unlimited edition

About Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks is known for creating works that, in his own words, re-examine the Soviet experience though the “lens of the left side of politics.” Fiks removes images from their original context and, consequently, from the bias of their creators, often using popular symbols and imagery to examine how Soviet culture has been portrayed both from within and by the West. In Songs of Russia #10 (2005), he painted a black-and-white picture recalling classic American films in which Russians were frequently stereotyped; the trademark of the global American Film Distributor MGM is added to “brand” the picture. Fiks is open with his criticism of both Socialist and Western Governments, and he has described his work as a reaction to the “collective amnesia” in the post-Soviet space and the “repression of history” he identifies in the American Left.

Russian, b. 1972, Moscow, Russia, based in New York, New York

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Corporations Are People Too, Winkleman Gallery, New York